The thyroid is one of the essential organs, yet often overlooked until problems arise. Hypothyroidism is a common thyroid problem with symptoms causing noticeable bodily changes, including sudden weight gain, a puffy face, and thinning hair.
Additionally, there is hyperthyroidism which has the opposite symptoms of hypothyroidism. With an overactive thyroid, the body has an accelerated metabolism causing sudden and unintentional weight loss and an irregular heartbeat. Hyperthyroidism can become a severe problem leading to osteoporosis and various autoimmune issues.
The condition is detected through a thyroid complete profile test which determines the levels of thyroxine (T4) and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). A “free T4” (FT4) will evaluate an existing thyroid problem so a GP can devise the right treatment strategies.
Anna Pharmacy is happy to offer Thyroid Tests in Carshalton, Wallington, and our other South London branches.
The Truth About Thyroid Diets
Thyroid diets and specific food supplements abound, promising to reverse the effects of a particular thyroid condition. But unfortunately, the truth is that no typical diet can help with a specific thyroid problem.
Although, it is crucial to understand that iodine consumption normalizes the organ’s functions. But a balanced diet, on the other hand, makes iodine supplementation unnecessary because consuming iodine-rich foods replenishes the body’s need for the mineral.
Extreme dieting won’t help with an existing thyroid problem as it may just lead to an aggravated condition. Taking with a thyroid specialist and having a blood test for thyroid is the only way to determine the right course. Additionally, an attending GP can recommend a multivitamin with the proper mineral levels.
Hormone medications might also be needed and should be taken as directed. Food ingredients like soybean flour, ulcer medication, and iron supplements can impair medicine absorption. Therefore, it is always critical to know which foods or medications block the effects of a thyroid drug.
Managing Thyroid Problems with Diet
There are no quick-fix diets or supplements for people with thyroid problems that can easily remove the problem. However, eating a suitable food variety in the right proportion helps normalize thyroid functions.
Ideally, medication is the first treatment line for both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. However, following the treatment protocol with a recommended dietary lifestyle improves the overall functions of the thyroid. It is also a suitable means of lessening the symptoms.
A nutritious, well-rounded, or particular dietary intervention provides a specific benefit for people with thyroid problems. For example, it promotes a healthy BMI and protects against degenerative factors that cause worsening symptoms.